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The 15 best places to go snowboarding in America

This winter, enjoy smooth and adrenaline-pumping slopes when visiting the best places to go snowboarding in America

By Jessica Estrada |
Stratton, Vermont
Photograph: Hubert Schriebl

Although partaking in the best extreme outdoor adventures in America and walking the best hiking trailers in America might get your adrenaline pumping, there is something about winter that calls for snow to be part and parcel of your daily routine. Head to the best places to go snowboarding in America and do the season right on both smooth and more difficult slopes. And, if snowboarding just isn’t your thing, stick to the classics and visit the best ski resorts in America instead.

Best places to go snowboarding in America

Crested Butte
Photograph: Crested Butte Mountain Resort/Trent Bona

Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte is fun for the whole family. Although more than half of the mountain’s 1,547 acres of terrain are for advanced riders only, those new to the snow sport can spend their time cruising down the groomed runs from the top of Paradise Express Lift, practicing at one of the three terrain parks complete with boxes, rails and jibs, or exploring Crested Butte via zipline, snowshoes or snowbike.

Jackson Hole
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dion Hinchcliffe

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you’re new to snowboarding, Jackson Hole is probably not the best place to vacation. For expert riders, however, it’s a magical wonderland with 90 percent of the trails suited for intermediate and advanced snowboarders. Expect 2,500 acres of in-bound terrain with a whopping 4,139-foot vertical drop and, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a halfpipe and two terrain parks to play on.

3395 Cody Lane Teton Village, WY, 83025, (307) 733-2292

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dion Hinchcliffe
Taos Ski Valley
Photograph: Courtesy Thatcher Dorn for Taos Ski Valley

Taos, New Mexico

For more than 60 years now, snowboarders from all over have been flocking to Taos. The snowy northern New Mexico resort—replete with over 110 trails and a freestyle terrain park—sees an average of 305 inches of snowfall and more than 300 sunshine-filled days every year. About half of Taos’ terrain is for the adrenaline junkies who crave a challenge like the Kachina Peak (12,481 feet), which, thanks to a recent renovation, is now accessible through a chairlift—no hiking required. The resort’s renovation also features the debut of The Blake, an 80-room alpine hotel complete with dining and a spa. 

116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM, 87525, (800) 776-1111

Sun Valley
Photograph: Courtesy Sun Valley

Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley lures in snowboarders from around the country with not just one mountain but two sunshine-drenched ones. Beginners can swoosh down the smooth, open runs of Dollar Mountain or have fun at the terrain park complete with 76 trails and a 22-foot high superpipe (the largest in the Northwest!). Meanwhile, Bald Mountain has everything advanced riders crave, including groomers, glades and a dramatic 3,400-foot drop.

1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, ID, 83353, (888) 490-5950

Heavenly Ski Resort
Photograph: Courtesy Heavenly Ski Resort

Heavenly Ski Resort, CA

Located right on the border of California and Nevada, the dreamy Heavenly Ski Resort offers a view of the dazzling cobalt-waters of Lake Tahoe that just can’t be beat. Expect 97 trails and two terrain parks that cater to a range of skill levels. Beginners can practice their tricks at Groove Park, while experienced riders looking for a challenge can find it at High Roller Park.

4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, (775) 586-7000